Student Participation

International Black Women's Film FestivalInternational Black Women's Film Festival
Park student film is selected for the 10th anniversary of the International Black Women's Film Festival in San Francisco, California.

2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the International Black Women’s Film Festival. The festival has screened over 300 films since its debut screenings in 2002 in San Francisco, CA, where it was founded in 2001. The films include shorts, features, and documentaries that range from comedies to dramas. Festival organizer and founder Adrienne Anderson programs the films for this vanguard festival. Film in all major languages and from a diverse range of countries have been screened, including, Greenland, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Canada, and others. Actors, distributors, filmmakers, and fans, culminate at the festival to network, hear panelists, and see the latest in independent film.

Kuvuka Daraja (Crossing the Bridge), directed by Roy H. Park School of Communications student Tafadzwa Violet Senderai, was chosen for the line up of “Official Selections” to be screened at the festival. Kuvuka Daraja is about the psychological journey of an international student from Tanzania at Cornell University, who is dealing with being away from home, her love for dance and the sudden illness of her mother. The screening was a World Premiere for the film.

"I find the beauty of stories and cinema to be that they can be instructional just as they are entertaining; they help us explore and learn from one another. I bring what I bring to a film, as influenced by my Zimbabwean ethos and culture, and everyone else who is part of the telling of the story- as diverse as they are- brings their own ways of knowing to the set, this ultimately becomes a perfect platform for a remarkable cultural exchange to take place, one that moves from filmmakers to the audience, making us all more sensitive to each others' ways of knowing, without us even being aware of it." -Tafadzwa Violet Senderai